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Gigantic arcology of the future designed for New Orleans

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SimCity players will recognize the term "Arco." That's short for arcology, a massive building that contains all the elements of a city within one structure. Now three ambitious architectural firms have designed a 1200-foot-tall arco especially for New Orleans. Dubbed NOAH (New Orleans Arcology Habitat), this massive triangular-shaped building would be as strong as those leaking New Orleans levees were weak.

The proposal places this 30 million-square-foot monstrosity on the Mississippi riverfront, just across from the central business district of New Orleans. Atop the multi-cavity all which will attempt to be hurricane proof, there will be 20,000 residential units, three hotels, 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, plenty of cultural facilities and offices, a 20,000 healthcare clinic, and of course, just for fun, a trio of casinos.

The green structure will be bristling with solar panels, water turbines, wind turbines, fresh water recovery, and a passive solar glazing system. Now all these optimistic architects need to do is find somebody with enough money to build such a fantastic utopia. Click Continue Reading to see a video demo of this magnificent city of the future:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Flnbn53dY]YouTube - NOAH-NEW ORLEANS ARCOLOGY HABITAT[/ame]

Does this remind anyone else of the Garden cities from FF8?


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great (and very ff~ish) concept but... unless the fuckers float I wouldn't build them at or below sea level. No point in building the thing in a place that will end up abandon swamp land.

we need to be moving structures inland/to higher ground and/or building sea walls around coastal cities we want to keep not adding more shit to flood zones. Guess these geniuses haven't heard about a lil thing called sea level rise which we mere mortals can't do anything to stop.


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Looking at that structure, and location ... 2 things pop up in my head

- How will it hold up against a big wave or massive hurricane?

- Isn't it cheaper to build something on land operated with solar panels, etc. than on water? Plus (MAYBE) you could build 2 buildings like that for the price of 1 Noah.

I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

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